….. Says competent hands needed for Tinubu to perform
As President-Elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu prepares to take over the mantle of leadership of the country from President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, an ex-parliamentarian, Hon Ibrahim Bello, has urged him to keep to his promise to ensure that members of his cabinet are chosen based on merit and competence, rather than favouritism and cronyism.
Bello, an erstwhile member of House of Representatives and Pan African Parliament (PAP), was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and the secretary of Kaduna State Chapter.
The former lawmaker, who averred that Tinubu’s emergence as the President-elect was as a result of the belief and trust Nigerians have in his capacity to deliver, said the former Lagos Governor must surround himself with capable hands for him to be able to make significant progress in the governance of the country.
The Kaduna-born legal practitioner turned politician, in a statement, suggested that the incoming President should bring Retired Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, into his cabinet and make him the police affairs minister.
He noted that a quintessential police officer like Inalegwu, who meritoriously served Nigeria in different capacities within the Nigerian Police Force, with great sacrifice, devotion, dedication and patriotism, has what it takes to transform the police affairs ministry, charged with the responsibility of formulating policies to ensure the efficient and effective policing of the country.
His words: “The truth is that Nigerians believe very strongly in the ability of the incoming President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to make a difference in the governance of the country, having seen the way he had worked relentlessly to transform Lagos when he held sway as the state governor between 1999 and 2007. However, if he must maintain that trust that Nigerians have for him, there would be every need for him to endeavour to ensure that only people with the right acumen, qualification, competence, pedigree and outstanding records of achievements and performance are appointed into positions of authority, particularly the cabinet members.
“As he gets set to receive the baton of office as President from Buhari on May 29, Jagaban, the master strategist and leader par excellence, must, just like he did as Lagos helmsman, assemble competent notable Nigerians with unquestionable character to work with him to take Nigeria to greater heights.”
Continuing, he said: “The incoming President should be thinking of bringing in the likes of ex-AIG of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, a man who distinguished himself as a professional officer and for over three decades contributed to nation building and security matters via an impactful career in the Nigerian Police Force both in the local and international scene. Tinubu should consider Inalegwu for appointment as police affairs minister as I’m confident that with his wealth of experience in general security policy development and implementation, he will do very well in that position to assist in the enhancement and reformation of Nigeria’s security architecture to secure the country.
“Inalegwu, a native of Idoma in Benue State, who retired from active service in 2019 but still determined and ready for the next best opportunity to further demonstrate his professionalism and skills acquired over the years, was at different times AIG of Police, Zone 9 Headquarters, Umuahia; Director, Central Planning and Training Unit (CPTU), Jos, Plateau State; Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command; Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Police Command; Commissioner of Police, Counter-Terrorism Unit; Commandant, Police College Kaduna; Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT Command; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Presidential Villa, FCT, Abuja; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, FCT; Chief of Operations/Chief of Staff, United Nations’ Integrated Office in Sierra Leone and Team Leader, UNPOL Team Site Kono Eastern Sierra Leone.
The ex-legislator added that “These are just a few of the numerous positions Inalegwu held in the course of his career as a police officer. He was at no time found wanting as he came out of the service with a clean and unblemished record. Since he left the service, he has continued to make valuable contributions to issues of national importance, especially as it concerns security.”